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  Coral Ecosystems
All web seminar participants use online tools that allow them to mark-up presenter's slides or share desktop applications in addition to engaging in chat with others online and answering poll questions

This Web Seminar, sponsored by NOAA, took place on May 8, 2008, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Presenting was Dr. Kathy Chaston, Coral and Coastal Management Specialist with NOAA’s Office of Coastal Resource Management. Dr. Chaston talked about land-based pollution threats to coral reefs.

This web seminar was the second of two related to the NOAA Symposium that took place at the NSTA National Conference on Science Education in Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. Chaston talked about coral biology, the value of coral reefs, land-based pollution impacts, and management actions. She also shared information about teaching resources available on the Internet. The Web seminar was designed for educators of grades 5-12.

Fifty (50) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, and West Virginia. Other participants attended the program from the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Bahamas, Curacao, Nevis (West Indies), and Costa Rica. Seminar participants received a one year subscription to one of NSTA’s SciGuide for completing the evaluation form at the end of the program.

Here are some comments provided by the participants at the end of the Web Seminar:

  • "The interactive nature of the Web seminar is great. The ability to ask
    questions and connect with other educators across the globe is wonderful.”

  • “I like that the presentation is available to pre-view so I can feel prepared
    for it.”

  • “I have done a similar seminar with National Geographic. This one was
    more interactive and user friendly.”

  • “I learned about different types of corals and specifically how pollution is
    affecting these corals. Most important, I found helpful ways to incorporate it
    into my classroom.”

Thanks to the participants and the presenter for the learning opportunity, the interactions, and a job well done!


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